Creamy Basil and Chevre Pesto

Introduction: Creamy Basil and Chevre Pesto

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This year, we had a remarkable crop of basil. Our twelve small stalks yielded over ten packed cups of lettuce leaf basil. So much basil leads to a certain fate in a food enthusiast's kitchen: pesto.

In combination with goat cheese, basil is a delicious aromatic, tart spread. After a number of variations, we decided the goat chevre needed toning down with a little Parmesan.

This simple, creamy, slightly tart and earthy pesto is great for crostini, pasta, or as a garnish for a favorite soup recipe.

Creamy Basil and Chevre Pesto
makes 16 portions

1/4 cup Chevre goat cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup Parmesan
2 cups densely packed basil leaves
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1. Wash the basil leaves and pat dry with a clean kitchen towel.

2. In a food processor bowl, add the Chevre, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese. Pulse until a smooth paste forms.

3. Add the basil leaves, and pulse until the mixture is a uniform green.

4. Serve with pasta, over soup, or on toast.

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    Hi Sunshiine! Thank you for the sweet comment. :) I'm going to go check out the Summer Water Challenge. Thank you for the suggestion!

    I hope you like the recipe, too. :)


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome! I have been looking for a good Basil recipe! Saving this to try. You know, they are really needing some help over at the Summer Water Challenge. I think they need 21 more entries for the Big One. I believe this would qualify as an entry and you could win something! Hope you will consider entering! Have a splendorous day! Sunshiine